Bodega Pago de los Abuelos, Bierzo, Vinas Centenarias Mencia 2018

Appellation: Bierzo

Region: Castile-Léon

Country: Spain

Color: Red

Varietal(s): Mencia

About The Producer

Pago de los Abuelos is the personal project of renowned winemaker Nacho Alverez. With a deep love for the land that he inherited from his grandparents, Nacho is committed to preserving the work of his ancestors - his superheroes “les abuelos.” The 6-hectare estate, based in Spain’s Bierzo’s wine region, is planted to the indigenous varietals Estaladiña, Godello, Grencache, Mencia, and Palomino. Nacho’s grandparents, Floripes and Guillermo, first planted the Barreiros vineyard in 1890. In 2015 Nacho took over the vineyard. It took him two years to restore the vineyards by terracing the land, as well as pruning and replanting some of the original Godello and Mencia vines. Nacho’s first vintage from this property was 2018.

Terroir & Vineyard Practices:

This Mencia comes from the Peña vineyard, which consists of 8 different plots totaling 2.5 hectares, was planted in 1904 by Nacho’s ancestor Santiago. With a south-southwest orientation, the vines sit in limestone soils and take advantage of Mediterranean influences. Cultivated and harvested by hand, practicing dry farming with no irrigation. No pesticides or herbicides are used.

Tasting Notes

A Mencia with great character that comes from vineyards planted in 1904. The cherry red color is appealing to the eye. On the palate, it brims with red and blue fruits and toasty notes that feel light, but opulent thanks to the limestone soils. It has subtle tannins with an enjoyable finish. Start enjoying now, but will be good over the next 6 years.


All harvesting is complete by hand and collected in boxes of 18 kilos. The grapes undergo open-top fermentation in stainless steel, followed by malolactic fermentation in French oak barrels. It is aged for 4 months in 225L new French oak barrels and then bottled on the estate.


  • 95 points - Gold Medal - Decanter World Wine Awards 2020: "Spicy, peppery notes mingle with dark cherry and boysenberry fruit and subtle macerated herb tones. Very savoury palate showing red liquorice, stony minerality and a hint of dried rose character. Impeccable length.” - Decanter